Newsline 365 - 18 December 2015

Friday 18 December 2015

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Check Out What’s New on the Mapua Wharf 

Mapua Wharf’s new retail complex is open for business, so there’s even more to see and do on a day out with friends and family. Joining the established range of eateries, art galleries and shops in the beautiful wharf setting are the new tenants of Shed 4:

  • Rabbit Island Coffee Company coffee roastery
  • Alberta’s café and ice-cream store
  • Wheelie Fantastic bike hire
  • Rimu Wine Bar
  • Kete – selling local jams, sauces, fresh and frozen produce and more
  • Architecture Studio Mapua
  • Darby and Joan Ltd – an interior design/homewares store.

Rimu Wine Bar owner Patrick Stowe says he is excited about the opportunity to be part of Shed 4. “I envisage the Mapua Wharf will offer locals and visitors a culinary experience unsurpassed in the Nelson region. With restaurants, the wine bar, brewery, coffee, ice cream, gift shops and art galleries, the wharf has become the go-to destination.”

Most of the new tenants will be open from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm six days a week, including Saturday and Sunday.

The first stage of landscaping on the wharf has been largely completed, with new concrete, paving, drainage and some outdoor furniture installed.

Stage two, creating a pleasant grassed area with picnic tables and plantings by the water, will begin next year.

Please remember vehicle access to the wharf is only permitted outside the hours of 10.00 am – 7.00 pm. This is to keep the hundreds of visitors who walk through the wharf area over summer safe as they enjoy the fantastic setting.

Shed 4 is part of the Council's ongoing investment and development programme for the waterfront precinct, which aims to make sure the area is safe and accessible for everyone to enjoy.

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Mayor's Message 

This time of year is always a good opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved in the previous 12 months. For me as Mayor, I’m proud to look back on a year in which the Council has delivered on the key commitments we made to the community. Our focus has been on reducing debt, while keeping rates increases to a minimum. I am pleased that we have not only been able to achieve this, but that we have done so while also delivering several major capital projects that will stand the District in good stead for future generations. These include the Richmond Water Treatment Plant, Mapua Wharf Shed 4 and the Takaka Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Planning for the future – We all recognise that our community and economy are continuing to grow and that this is driving demand for housing and services. The Council has planned for this growth and is managing the requirements for infrastructure and community facilities that it generates. However, we are committed to doing this while retaining our focus on conservative spending as set out in the Long Term Plan, which was publicly consulted on and developed with your help earlier in 2015. This careful balancing of priorities has been where much of our time and effort has been spent over the past 12 months.

Community and recreation – Some of the key community and recreation projects that have progressed this year include the Golden Bay Recreation Facility, for which a tender has been awarded and construction should begin in early 2016. Construction is already underway for the highly anticipated Saxton Field Velodrome and progress on Tasman's Great Taste Trail has continued, adding even greater appeal to this hugely popular and valuable asset to our region.

Environment – On the environmental front we were pleased to learn through the 2015 State of the Environment River Water Quality Report that overall the District’s rivers are becoming cleaner. There is still work to do, but it’s great to see the efforts put in over previous years are producing good results. Also, air pollution monitoring shows we are continuing to meet our targets for improvements to air quality.

A big thank you – So much of the great work that happens around the District would not be possible without the community groups and volunteers who put their time, energy and enthusiasm into community plantings, beautification projects, the development of recreation opportunities and so much more. The community grants we award each year provide a helping hand to those with the drive and commitment to see these projects through to completion. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed towards making our District an even greater place to live this year.

Collaboration – My thanks also go to those who have worked closely with us on projects such as the identification of Golden Bay’s Outstanding Landscapes, on planning reviews of Brightwater and Wakefield, on our Fresh Water Land Advisory Groups and in the development of a Digital Enablement Strategy to work towards better internet connectivity throughout the District.

Water – As you will be aware, water management continues to be an ongoing challenge and priority for this Council. We are in a period of water rationing now, and a dry and windy El Nino summer means we are likely to see pressure on our water resources continue. We remain focussed on the Waimea Community Dam as our preferred long-term solution to ensuring a secure water supply for both irrigation and urban use. The Council has allocated $25 million for the dam, with Waimea Community Dam Company Limited securing irrigator support. There is still a lot of work to be done in securing all of the funding and confirming the business model. At this stage it seems likely we will begin the public consultation process on a formal dam proposal in 2017, but we will continue to talk to you on a regular basis about the project between now and then.

Summer fun – In this last issue of Newsline for 2015 we have listed some of the many events going on over the summer. The Nelson Tasman Summer Events Guide is also out now with a comprehensive list of summer entertainment. Head along with family and friends and make the most of what’s on offer.

I wish you all a very safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

Mayor Richard Kempthorne

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Take Care – High Fire Risk 

The Waimea Rural Fire Authority is warning that forecast hot, windy El Nino weather means the fire risk will be high this summer – so please be vigilant when in the outdoors.

The conditions mean that if a fire starts, it is going to be extremely difficult to stop. Prevention is the best tool to avoid the damage a large wildfire would cause.

The most common causes of out-of-control blazes are from spreading recreational and rubbish fires. It is essential you have a 50cm wide non-flammable zone around any fire you light. The best way to achieve this is to scrape a bare earth track around the fire. You can also use water to dampen down the zone around the fire – but be aware this will dry out from the heat of the flames.

Other common fire causes

  • Hot ashes from fireplaces being dumped outside
  • Re-ignition of fires that were not completely extinguished – this can happen weeks later in dry conditions
  • Sparks from grass mowers/scrub cutters
  • Grinding or welding sparks
  • Hot vehicles exhausts, particularly quad bikes driven through or parked on long grass.

Prevention tips

  • Ensure a good non-flammable zone exists around the fire
  • Don’t burn in strong winds – anything over 10kmh is too strong
  • Keep a pressurised water source nearby
  • Supervise your fire at all times until it is extinguished – and make sure you have extinguished it thoroughly.

Fire permits

All open air fires in Tasman District require a fire permit. These are free and can be obtained by contacting the Rural Fire Network on Ph. 03 544 2441. Rural Fire Officers are also happy to give advice so don’t hesitate to ask.

Updates on the fire danger can be found at www.ruralfirenetwork.co.nz.

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Fill in a Survey on Moturoa/Rabbit Island 

We’re still seeking feedback on how best to manage Moturoa/Rabbit Island and would love to hear your thoughts. There are several ways you can have your say:

  • Fill in the survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/moturoa
  • Fill out the survey when you next visit the islands. Pick up a copy from the dispensers - one at the changing rooms at the front beach and one at either end of Tasman's Great Taste Trail – and ‘post’ it in the purple post boxes we have installed for this purpose.
  • Keep an eye out for us at Moturoa/Rabbit Island over the summer holidays and come and have a chat.
  • Via our website Moturoa/Rabbit Island - Ideas Wanted
  • Leave us a comment on the Facebook page Rabbit Island, Moturoa
  • Tweet about it using the hashtag #lovemoturoa

Cycle tracks open

All the cycle tracks on Moturoa Rabbit Island have now reopened. However, Monaco Road remains closed because of erosion and logging. Please observe the signage and keep out of the taped off areas.

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Summer Events in Tasman 

For a full list of events happening around the region:

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Yellow Bristle Grass: Farmers Need to be Vigilant 

Yellow bristle grass (YGB) is a summer annual grass that is invading pastures. This can be from seed carried in by stock from roadside infestations, from seeds in infested hay or seeds carried by agricultural and roadworks machinery, roadside mowers and other vehicles.

Dr. Trevor James, a senior scientist at AgResearch, says this weed thrives on warm temperatures and will typically germinate in early summer once temperatures exceed 200 C, with flowering from February onwards.

Stock will avoid grazing YGB when it is in seed. This leads to low pasture utilisation, massive seed sets, and reduced pasture quality in late summer and autumn. Once it dies off, it leads to open pastures which can result in re-infestation and infestation by other weeds.

On highly productive dairy farms, annual feed production may be reduced by up to 20% if YBG is prolific, resulting in increased on-farm costs because of the need for supplementary feed and/or pasture renovation. The cost of lost production is estimated to be $1,000/ha.

Farmers need to be watch for YBG, monitoring its growth, and making plans to control it.

  • Keep roadside infestations topped and ensure the mown grass isn’t getting into the paddock. Keeping it topped won’t stop seeding, but it will keep seed heads close to the ground and reduce further spread.
  • YBG seed can live in animals for several days which allows it to be transported to other paddocks. If there is a heavy infestation, it could be a good idea to have quarantine paddocks while YBG is seeding, or fence off small infestations.
  • YBG seed can be rapidly spread around farms in hay but will be killed if contained in wrapped baleage or sealed silage for at least three months.
  • A new spray, Bayer Puma S, should have a 90/95% control effect if applied before the seed heads mature. Nothing will kill the seed once it matures.
  • There is further information in the YBG – The Ute Guide. This is easy to read and covers identification and control methods. It can be downloaded from  www.dairynz.co.nz/media/59442/ybg_ute_guide-e3.pdf

Yellow bristle grass is not a pest in the Tasman-Nelson Regional Pest Management Strategy, but in response to increasing concern, Tasman District Council is promoting awareness and is encouraging management practices to minimise its spread.

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Newsline Updates 

Resource Consents

The Council has received applications for resource consent, which have been publicly notified in The Nelson Mail. The applications and supporting information may be examined in any Council office. The full public notices may be found online at Council’s website.

Any person may make a submission on the applications in accordance with Section 96 of the Resource Management Act 1991. Submission forms are available from Council offices and on the Council’s website. Please note that the following are abridged advisory notices only.

Applicant: D & N Inch.

Location: 25 Green Tree Road, Riwaka.

Consent Type, Application Number and Proposal:

Coastal Permit – Occupation, Disturbance and Erection of a Structure (Application RM150737)

To occupy and disturb the coastal marine area in association with the construction and use of a jetty and excavation of an access channel.

Coastal Permit – Disturbance (Application RM150885)

To disturb the coastal marine area in association with the removal of abandoned structures.

Land Use Consent – Erection of a Structure (Application RM150738)

To erect a structure (jetty) in the coastal environment area.

Submissions due: 4.30 pm on Friday 22 January 2016.

Community Notices

Motueka Community Christmas Dinner

Held on Christmas day at the Memorial Hall, Pah Street, Motueka, our guests enjoy entertainment and carols beginning at 11.30 am, with the beautiful meal served at noon. Father Christmas will also be arriving.

This is a completely free event and anyone who would like to share their Christmas Day with us is most welcome. Come along to the Fun, Free, Fantastic Food event. You need to register early as places are limited. This is required for catering purposes. You can go in person to the Salvation Army, Greenwood Street or to Community House, Decks Reserve. Alternatively contact Pat Ph. 03 528 9802, Rankeil Ph. 03 528 5089; txt Sandra 0212 645233; Email: motuekachristmasdinner@gmail.com.

Richmond & Districts Information Centre

With the busy season arriving, volunteers are urgently required to work three hour shifts on a weekly or fortnightly basis at the Information Centre on Gladstone Road.

Successful applicants would be required to work with more experienced volunteers initially before being asked to work on their own. Although applicants should preferably have a good knowledge of the local community, this is not necessary, as the Centre has a large data base. They should be well presented and enjoy meeting and conversing with visitors from all over New Zealand and the World. The Centre is well appointed with good facilities. If you are interested in this type of work, call in to the Centre or Ph. 03 543 9521 or Sally Symonds Ph. 03 542 3983 (rosters) for further details.

Authorised by Keith Chaplin, Volunteer co-ordinator, Ph. 03 547 3116.

Public Notices

Navigation Safety Bylaw:

Temporary reservations and speed limit uplifting for maritime events between 31 December 2015 and 6 March 2016.

Pursuant to provisions of the Navigation Safety Bylaw 2015, the Tasman District Council Harbourmaster has (or may soon) grant authorisations for the following known events during the upcoming holiday period. Other events may also occur during this time but the Harbourmaster has not yet received further applications.

Event DateLocationActivity

31 December 2015

Kaiteriteri

Fireworks

31 December 2015

Torrent Bay

Fireworks

16 January 2016

Tata Beach

Annual Tata Swim

24 January 2016

Tata Beach

Tata Titanic Cardboard Boat Race

12 – 13 February 2016

Lake Rotoiti

Waka Ama Event

27 – 28 February 2016

Lake Rotoiti

Power Boat Regatta

5 – 6 March 2016

Lake Rotoiti

Classic Boat Show

Due to Navigation Safety requirements, water users not involved in these events may be excluded from defined areas during these activities. Notices will be placed at nearby access points during these events.

Further details for these and any new events may be viewed at www.tasman.govt.nz/recreation/boating-fishing/special-events-and-activities

Intention to Prepare Management Plan for Moturoa/Rabbit Island

You are invited under s.41(5) Reserves Act 1977 to send written suggestions to Tasman District Council on the proposal to prepare a management plan for the recreation and local purpose (plantation) reserves on Moturoa/Rabbit Island, Rough Island and Birds Island. Written suggestions need to be lodged with the Council by 29 February 2016. Information about the natural/historic/recreational/other resources of the reserves is available on the Tasman District Council website (search for Moturoa/Rabbit Island).

Roading

Proposed Road Closure

The following roads are proposed to be closed to ordinary vehicles for the periods and times indicated below:

Nelson Drag Racing

Saturday 6 February 2016 (rain date Sunday 7 February 2016),
7.30 am to 4.00 pm, Queen Victoria Street, from King Edward Street to Green Lane.

Objections can be lodged at: Tasman District Council, 189 Queen Street, Richmond. Objections close: 8 January 2016.

Road Closures

The following roads are to be closed to ordinary vehicles for the periods and times indicated below:

Richmond Market Day

Wednesday 30 December 2015, from 6.00 am to 5.00 pm, Queen Street from McIndoe Place to just below the entrance to the Warring car park (lane beside Night ‘n’ Day)

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Holiday Period Kerbside Rubbish and Recycling Collection 

Rubbish and recycling services over the summer holidays:

Kerbside rubbish collection:

Collections scheduled for Friday 25 December 2015 will now be on Saturday 26 December 2015.
Collections scheduled for Friday 1 January 2016 will now be on Saturday 2 January 2016.

Kerbside recycling collection:

Collections scheduled for Friday 25 December 2015 will now be on Saturday 26 December 2015.
Collections scheduled for Friday 1 January 2016 will now be on Saturday 26 December 2015.

Resource Recovery Centres (except Murchison):

Closed: Friday 25 December 2015 and Friday 1 January 2016.

Murchison Resource Recovery Centre:

Closed: Tuesday 22, Thursday 24, Friday 25, Sunday 27, Tuesday 29, Thursday 31 December 2015, and Friday 1 and Sunday 3 January 2016.

Greenwaste to Zero (Richmond):

Closed: Friday 25 and Saturday 26 December 2015, and Friday 1 and Saturday 2 January 2016.

From Monday 21 December 2015 to Sunday 14 February 2016:

Resource Recovery Centres – Extended hours:
  • Takaka Resource Recovery Centre:  Monday – Friday = 8.30am – 4.00pm, Saturday – Sunday = 9.00am – 4.00pm
  • Collingwood Resource Recovery Centre:  Monday – Sunday = 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Kaiteriteri  Kerbside collections – Additional collections:

Kaiteriteri daily rubbish collections (7.00 am start). Over this period recycling is collected weekly.

The kerbside collection days are:

  • Monday: Golden Bay, Marahau, Kaiteriteri, Riwaka, Brooklyn
  • Tuesday: Motueka
  • Wednesday: Moutere, Coastal Tasman, Mapua, Ruby Bay, Redwood Valley, Appleby
  • Thursday: St Arnaud, Tapawera, Tadmor, Belgrove, Wakefield, Brightwater, Hope, Upper Richmond (above Hill Street)
  • Friday: Central Richmond (inside Gladstone Road, Champion Road, Hill Street, Bateup Road / Hart Road).
How do I find out what day my recycling will be emptied?

Each recycling bin is assigned to a specific street address. The collection day is written on the bin.

So, for example, if it says “Tue 1” then your collection day is Tuesday.

Rubbish and recycling should be on the kerb by 7.00 am on collection day. Rubbish must be placed in the Tasman District Council rubbish bags which are available from supermarkets, stores and Council offices.

Glass recycling:

At this time of the year many people find they go through more glass than normal. Please remember, all glass goes in your blue crate which is collected with your yellow top recycling bin. If you find that one bin is not enough you can buy another bin at Council offices and Resource Recovery Centres, for $20 each.

And if you have more glass than this you’re welcome to drop it free of charge at your Resource Recovery Centre.

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